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Poster: cashel Date: Aug 4, 2004 2:53pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Flash video test.

SCOTT ..thank you for your interesting post. However, I have very little technical knowledge and I found the process too complex for me to understand. Please could you give me an explanation in simple layman,s language and especially the advantages of Flash over convential means. Thank You

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Poster: Scott Saunders Date: Aug 5, 2004 12:42pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Flash video test.

Ok picture it this way. If you use a current media types such as mpg, mp3, divx, avi, mov, rm, ram, wmf, and asx. You have to use a media player such as QuickTime, Real or Windows media. This means you have to a) install the software and or media player b) use a web browser which more than likely will require a browser plugin-in and c) make sure the video or audio works with one of those specific players. Using Flash you can build applications that are the media player, and work independently of those players. They don't require any installation of media players, web browser, or web browser plug-ins to view the audio and or video. The Lil Abner links I posted earlier act like a mini web browser that do one specific job, and that is to stream and display Flash video.

Let me clear up something while I'm thinking about it, that may be causing some confusion for some. When anybody says "Flash" people automatically think something that plays in a web browser. Flash is so much more that. It is a legitimate programming environment that lets the user build applications that work outside of a web browser like any program you have running on your computer ie: the calculator, solitaire, or Microsoft Word (only my stuff doesn't crash like MS Word).

Flash video or ".flv" files are ok, they're not the best. They are not as high a quality video format as MPEG 4 or Windows Media 9. The main benefit is that you don't need QuickTime or Windows media to play them. This allows the author to reach a wider audience. Take my job for instance, I make educational video CD ROMS. Before when I made a CDs I would have to build an application similar to the Lil Abner Player that would use QuickTime to play the video. If they didn't have QuickTime they would have to install it, this creates problems with students who don't read directions and then call me asking me why their CDs aren't working. Or their CD's didn't work at all because QuickTime didn't install correctly, or their computer was running Windows 3.1, and is 25 years old etc. Their are a lot of variables that could effect how those CD's performed. Normally that process worked pretty well. I've got about a 95% pass rate using that method. Now, using Flash I can make really slick interfaces (again like the Lil Abner or similar to how a DVD menu works) all the students have to do is pop the CD's into their computer and they just work (so long as they meet our baseline computer requirements established by the college), nothing to install and no media players are needed. The other cool thing is that I do all my design, compression, and coding on Mac. Flash lets me export to three operating systems at one time. Mac OX, Mac OS9 and Windows this more than anything makes my life so much easier. Since the release of Flash MX 2004 Pro I'm a much more efficient at my job and an overall happier person. Thank you Macromedia (btw that was an unsolicited plug.)

Hope this Helps,
Scott

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Poster: cashel Date: Aug 5, 2004 12:55pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Flash video test.

Thank you, SCOTT for that very clear explanation and most informative post. It is a great applcation of Flash technology